Need some advice for "mini" triathlon
Hey everyone, this is my first post. Anyways I need some advice on a mini triathlon my friends and I are having this summer.
- Approx 12 people competing, possibly a few more.
- Biking course is about 2.5 miles, about 4 major hills (two going up, two going down). There will be two crossings (higher-traffic roads), both shut off as we approach. The course starts in a residential neighborhood and ends in one.
- Running: about 1.5 mile, on closed track.
- Swimming: 3/4 mile (one side of the lake to the other)
Alright, basically I think the biking course should be longer, no one else agrees with me, so that won't be changing. This event is in about 1.5 months. The bike I'm riding is a Bianchi - not sure what model (or specs), I can put pictures up later. Its a hand-me-down my brother used to ride. I know a few competitors will be riding BMX bikes.
Basically the training starts tomorrow and I have a few questions in regards to the bike course. Is it wise to start off strong and maintain decent energy through-out? Or is it wise to start off at a decent pace and throw all the energy into it towards the end? It starts off going down hill, and ends going up hill.
Sorry for the long post, I'm a "newbie" so if I sound dumb at all ... please excuse that. I really don't know any technical aspects of competetive racing. Please help me out, and thank you in advance!